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Re: Quieting strings?

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Posted by Michael Vincent on February 27, 2000 at 21:22:16:

In Reply to: Re: Quieting strings? posted by Carol Kaye on February 10, 2000 at 01:31:13:

: That's the hard way to do it. Just get a piece of foam and put it underneath your strings close to the bridges, barely touching the strings. This is the studio musicians' way of muting the strings to get rid of the nasty overtones and undertones which kill your sound. The only time I needed more muting was to palm-mute when I cut the "Mission Impossible" TV theme song. The muting is necessary whether it be for live work or studio work -- eliminates the need for unnecessary extra gear then too....25 cents goes a long ways toward a great sound, with total ease of playing. See the new picture with Will Lee on my site - he and Ron Carter presented me with an award last week, others also.

I just finished reading the Quiting String thread where you talk about putting a piece if foam under the strings near the bridge to stop the overtones or undertones. I would like to learn more about this trick with the foam. I seem to have what I call a "ghost-tones" that shows up when I play certain notes. Example: Playing the "E" to "F" on the "G" string. The only way I have found toto avoid the "ghost-tones" are not playing the transition or by mutting the "E" and "A" string with my right hand which is hard. I am curious to see if the piece of foam would help me.

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